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Language and Human Nature
by Mark Halpern
Language & Human Nature shows how faults in language usage, far from being merely irritants to pedants and esthetes, are often both causes and effects of serious public problems, and explores the strange role that linguistics plays in this turbulent scene.
Paperback, 377 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Regent Press
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This has been sitting by my bed for the past few months, and I don't think I'm ever going to finish it. It's one of those academic vanity press publications that we get mailings about at work from time to time, and I saw the title and assumed it would be about theories related to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. Once again, not reading the synopsis bites me in the ass - it's a Safire Lite screed about how linguistic prescription is the only logical position to take in discussions of usage, and how th ...more